What The British Trolleybus Society Does

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The British Trolleybus Society owns a fleet of historic trolleybuses, details of which are in the Fleet List pages.  The BTS also contributes to the management & operation of the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft, which houses the largest collection of preserved trolleybuses in the world, and we now own the adjacent property, which will be incorporated into the Trolleybus Museum. In addition to our monthly magazine, ‘Trolleybus’ we publish local bus newsletters for Reading and the Thames Valley (Bus Fare) & West Yorkshire (Wheels). A free copy of 'Trolleybus' is available to prospective members. Either download a copy by registering using "Member Login", or apply to the Secretary who will post a printed copy to you.

Monthly meetings are held in London, Reading & Bradford, to which all are invited. London and Reading meetings have resumed but Bradford meetings have not yet restarted. For details of  all meetings please click here.


Reading 183BTS Online Newsletter Members have access to our magazines online and we have now introduced a monthly newssheet which is emailed to all members who are registered on the website and includes joining instructions for the Society’s Zoom meetings and other topical matters.

Zoom Meetings

Reading meetings resumed on 7 January 2022 but it is intended Zoom meetings will continue mid month  and a further announcement will be made of dates shortly. Zoom meetings are open from 19.15 and the presentations, which last for around one hour, start at 19.30

If you do not receive the monthly newsletter but wish to register to attend, please email chairman@britishtrolley.org.uk and you will be sent joining instructions. All are welcome to register.

What is a Trolleybus?

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A Trolleybus is a bus driven by electricity collected from overhead wires.


Our Vehicles

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The BTS owns 13 trolleybuses, one motorbus and a horse-drawn tower wagon.


Modern trolleybuses

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There are around 350 trolleybus systems world-wide - as many as there are street tramways!

Join the BTS!

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You can join the BTS online or by downloading and completing an application form.




Link to BTS Facebook Page